On September 12, 2022, Bibhu Mohapatra presented his Spring 2023 collection during New York Fashion Week.
The collection was inspired by the life and works of Claude Cahun, the groundbreaking French photographer, writer, and anti-war activist. Cahun rejected existing narratives and conventions, using their body and lens to explore their ideas about identity and gender fluidity. Besides being an avid admirer of their works of art and writings, Mohapatra has always been intrigued by Cahun’s lifelong pursuit of resisting normalcy.
In this collection, Cahun plays the muse: strong, courageous, and audacious. Each of the 35 looks in the collection are a representation of Cahun’s self-portraits. Jacquards, silk faille, cady crepes, silk chiffons, and Japanese denim are prominent throughout. Embellished looks feature Preciosa crystals from the Czech Republic.
The collection is currently available for pre-order at the new Bibhu Mohapatra flagship store at 174 Duane Street and will be available with retail partners in February 2023.
All images: Courtesy of Bibhu Mohapatra